Phoning in your participation in a surgical timeout is a surefire way to put your patients’ health and safety at risk. Yet, in the hectic moments before surgery begins, some surgical teams admit it’s not uncommon to settle for nods instead of mindful verbal confirmation of patient identity, procedure and surgical site.
Did you know some patients say that dealing with post-op nausea and vomiting (PONV) is even more uncomfortable for them than managing post-op pain? Here are 5 smart steps Outpatient Surgery magazine suggests your ASC can take to help prevent PONV from causing your patients serious discomfort following surgery.
If you work in the healthcare field, you know all too well there’s a shortage of nurses. But, nursing jobs aren’t the only roles that are increasingly hard to fill these days. By 2025, we’re expected to see a shortage of around 11,000 doctors and surgeons as well. Based on a recent report released by Indeed.com, we’re breaking down the 10 hardest-to-fill nursing and physician positions in healthcare.
Of course, you always wash your hands in between patients, but what about your mobile device? It’s along for the ride picking up potentially infectious organisms as you move from one appointment to the next. And, with as many as 60% of healthcare professionals now using smartphones and tablets during patient care, it’s more important than ever that your ASC makes device cleaning as important as hand washing.
A 9 year-old female is carried into your acute care center by her parents who state that the patient “suddenly fell out.” You observe an unresponsive, 36 kg female, breathing easily at a rate of 28 per minute. There is no sign of increased work of breathing. The peripheral pulses are weak and are palpated at a rate greater than 250 per minute. Capillary refill is greater than 5 seconds. The parents deny any past trauma or medical history, and have no idea what is happening.